Glee Top 50 -Part 2

Before I carry on with Part 2 of my Glee Top 50 post, I’d just like to announce that this is One Blonde and One Brunette’s 150th post! Myself and Kat have achieved this in just under a year and a half and to end our first full year of blogging on a great milestone is lovely. Thanks to everyone who comments, likes and also follows our blog, we hope you continue to like the stuff we write about.

So, carrying on with the top 50 starting with Number 26 (Please note I decided not to include any songs from Season 5)

26. I feel pretty/unpretty

Lea Michele and Dianna Agron hardly ever sing lead vocals together, but this duet is a gorgeous mash-up of these two voices. This episode is filled with some great covers and is also responsible for No. 27…

27. Born This Way

Lady Gaga’s huge hit quickly became a huge anthem for the New Directions as well – the performance is complete with the kids wearing white t-shirts with what their most insecure about – everything from ‘Trouty Mouth’ to ‘Lucy Caboose’.

28. Go Your Own Way

From the tribute episode for Fleetwood Mac, this classic song is sung passionately by Rachel, aimed squarely at Finn, still hurt by Finn and Quinn’s new found relationship. The song really suits Michele’s voice and it’s great to hear her belt out this classic.

29. Rolling in the Deep

Quite possible one of my all time favourite Glee songs. I loved the original version by Adele and when I heard Glee were covering this I was a little sceptical at first – but then I heard it…and then I watched the episode and I fell in love with this cover. Sang as a duet by Lea Michele and guest star Jonathan Groff, it’s gorgeous and packs a punch.

30. Jar of Hearts

Rachel sings this at the Prom, whilst watching Finn and Quinn dance in the distance – she again directs this across to Finn, and you can sense the furtive glances he’s given her when Quinn isn’t watching. It’s heartbreaking and another brilliant solo number from Lea Michele.

31. I’m not gonna teach your boyfriend how to dance with you

Another solo performance from Darren Criss – also sang at the Prom; this is a preppy number, a style of song that Criss does extremely well and it works brilliantly with him on lead, along with some help from a few New Directioners.

32, I Love New York, New York

From the Season finale, the New Directions head to New York to try their luck at Nationals glory – beforehand though they have a chance to explore New York, and whilst in the performance they have some great location shoots, it’s also a great cast number that showcases quite a few of their singing talents.

Season 3

33. Rumour has it/Somebody like you

New season, and a slightly new format for the first half as New Directions split when Mercedes, quickly followed by Santana start to feel left out. Newly formed Trouble Tones quickly become a force to be reckoned with, particularly with this mash-up, easily my favourite mash-up. Again two Adele songs feature centre stage and again it’s brilliantly covered.

34. I’m a survivor/Survivor

Another Trouble Tones mash up, this time of the Gloria Gaynor cheesy club classic and Destiny’s Child’s huge number. Even though this didn’t manage to win them Sectionals, I thought it was a fantastic number.

35. We Are Young

At the end of Sectionals, Quinn extends a olive branch to Santana, Mercedes and Brittany to re-join the New Directions and this song plays out at the end where they take the offer and the group is unified once again. The song by Fun is made its own by the group and it does bring a tear to my eye when I watch the performance.

36. Bad

The first song from the Michael Jackson tribute episode – lead vocals by Blaine and the boys of New Directions as they battle the Warblers. It’s full of punch and a great cover of  a classic.

37. Smooth Criminal

This is probably my favourite song from the Michael Jackson tribute episode – how they re-imagined this song as a duet with the violins added is just brilliant. It’s a real battle and Naya Rivera and Grant Gustin sing it wonderfully.

38. Stereo Hearts

Poppy and catchy, this song from the Valentine’s episode of Glee is brilliant – with lead vocals from Glee Project winner Samuel Larsen –it’s a winner.

39. Love Shack

The end of the episode features this song, brilliantly sung by Darren Criss’ Blaine who was mostly absent from the show in order for the actor to appear in a short Broadway run of How to Succeed in Business without really Trying. He returns to end the episode with this classic pop song and its brilliantly done.

40. Cough Syrup

In an emotionally charged Regional’s episode, this song sung by Blaine is played as the backdrop for a shocking moment in Glee. A strand had been developing with Dave Karofsky and his hidden homosexuality and it blew up at the beginning of the episode as kids at his school found out. He tries to commit suicide as this is sung; it’s a beautiful song and haunting with what’s played out.

41. Hungry like the wolf/ Rio

The first of two duets from Blaine and his brother Cooper aka Darren Criss and guest star Matt Bomer. This Duran Duran mash up is brilliant, Bomer and Criss have an excellent chemistry and the singing is fantastic.

42. Somebody that I used to Know

The second duet between the Anderson brothers and this is also one of my favourite songs from the Glee Cast. Singing the years massive hit by Gotye, they manage to take the song and adapt it to fit their brotherly discord. Again wonderfully sung, and by the end of it I wished that Matt Bomer was staying for every single episode.

43. How will I Know

With the sudden death of legendary singer Whitney Houston, Glee scrambled to make a tribute episode and this song opened that episode. Rachel, Mercedes, Kurt and Santana all take equal vocals in this and it’s a brilliant way to open the tribute.

44. Mean

This was originally sung by Taylor Swift but I love this version sung by Puck and Coach Beiste – each battling their own demons, but bonding by trying to get through them together.

45. Paradise by the Dashboard Light

Meatloaf’s rock ballad is the crowning glory of the New Directions Nationals victory – it’s a group effort and its sung wonderfully.

Season 4

46. Americano/Dance Again

We enter Season 4, and in the first episode we’re introduced to a brand new fantastic guest star – Kate Hudson. She plays Rachel Berry’s dance teacher at NYADA and she’s a bit of a bitch. But this mash-up as an introduction is sizzling and leaves you wanting more of Cassandra July.

47. The Scientist

I love this rendition of Coldplay’s ‘The Scientist’ – combining 4 different coupling’s of Glee who each had a tough time during the episode entitled ‘The Break-Up’ it’s easily one of my favourite songs from the show.

48. 3

From the second Britney tribute episode, this probably is not top of most people’s minds when thinking of the best Glee songs, but I like the stripped back version the cast did for this and the vocals really blend together nicely.

49. Anything Could Happen

A brilliant group number as the New Directions take on this Ellie Goulding song.

50. We Will Rock You

My final pick is a great one – it’s a group effort with this number and the beat that is made by the bins and other drum based stuff is brilliant and completely makes the song.

 

Sue: William, I have in my spanks at all times a list of THE worst songs ever performed by the Glee club. And I would appreciate it if you would no reprise any of the following numbers: Number 1 – ‘Run Joey Run’ – you should literally apologise to America for that one. Number 2 the ingenious mash-up of ‘Crazy in Love’ and ‘Hair’. Now I know you must have been pretty tired when you put that baby together.” (Glee 2.20, Prom Queen)

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Glee Top 50 part 1

After Glee began airing in 2009, it has covered well over 500 songs, bringing to light some great new music for me. Albeit, some of their songs are not so great, and some may argue that they ruin a lot of classic songs. I’d like to argue that some of the covers are even better than the original (one springs to mind straight away – Glee’s cover of Rebecca Black’s song ‘Friday.’) For me, I like to take the covers as what they are and appreciate the work, effort and the voices behind them, because Glee has some brilliant voices within its cast. So without further ado please see my personal top 50 Glee songs: (as I’m terrible at favourites I’ll be organising this list in season order)

Season 1

  1. Don’t Stop Believing

The song that made Glee famous is first on this list; at the end of the Pilot episode when Mr Schue was walking away from his teaching career, he heard faint voices in the distance, and as the cast’s version of this Journey song gets louder, the love for this show and its cast does too.

2. Somebody to Love

The cast’s group performance version of this Queen classic is a winner also, bringing the group together at a pivotal time.

3. Hate on Me

This is the first song from the episode Throwdown that I’ve picked and I love this song; it has got such a beat and Amber Riley singing the main vocals for this is fantastic.

4. Keep Holding On

The end song for this episode is Avril Lavinge’s ‘Keep Holding On’, and it’s one of the first songs that brought me to tears. Coming at the end of an episode where Sue and coincidentally the entire school finds out about Quinn’s pregnancy, you feel the emotion that’s coming out of the Glee club as they support their member

5. Thong Song

My first guilty pleasure song of the list is this as Mr Schue desperately tries to hide his feelings for Emma by helping her with her wedding songs. It’s a amusing performance of a classic 90’s song.

6. True Colours

Another end of the episode song now and a chance for Jenna Ushkowitz to properly shine for the first time.

 

7. Don’t Rain on My Parade

Lea Michele’s first solo song on this list and it’s a corker – singing this as their first song to launch their bid for Sectional glory, it’s sung with determination and finesse.

8. You Can’t Always Get What You Want

Their other song sung at Sectionals, this classic rock song is fab and showcases the vocals of Cory Monteith and Lea Michele particularly.

9. Like a Prayer

The Madonna tribute episode ends with this beaut of a track and it’s a group effort, with a little help from a full gospel choir that just helps to make the atmosphere electric.

10. Total Eclipse of the Heart

Following Rachel’s faux par at trying to juggle 3 boys’ feelings for her, it all ends in tears with her losing Jesse and her shot at Finn. Queue this guilty pleasure classic, complete with ballet dancing scenes.

11. One

This U2 classic rock song is a fantastic end to an episode that is a bit underwhelming. However, his song is further proof that the cast know how to belt out a rock song.

12. Dream On

Neil Patrick Harris and Matthew Morrison duet this Aerosmith song – do I need to save more?

13. Poker face

After the truth about Rachel’s birth mum is revealed (in the form of Idina Menzel), the two come together at the end to sing this Lady Gaga hit, but much slower than Gaga’s version. However it’s gorgeous to hear these two voices together.

14. Faithfully

The season finale and the New Directions are at Regionals and their set list is filled with Journey songs. This duet between Finn and Rachel is their opening number and just before it, Finn tells Rachel he loves her. It makes their duet to each other even lovelier.

Season 2

15. Empire state of mind

We enter Season 2 and the Glee cast belt out this in the season 2 opener, trying to drum up their rep. It’s a great way to open the season and recent enough that new viewers to the show will feel at ease with the format.

16. One of Us

At the end of an emotional episode in which Kurt thought he had lost his Dad, the Glee group come together for this sweeping song that emits love and hope.

17. Teenage Dream

It’s the introduction of the Warblers and another iconic moment for Glee – the introduction of Darren Criss as Blaine Anderson. As he takes lead vocals on this Katy Perry number, you know you’re witnessing a special moment and thankfully he’s stuck around to create more magic.

18. Singing in the Rain/Umbrella

This episode introduces us to Holly Holliday and Gwyneth Paltrow’s first guest appearance on the show. The mash-up of the musical classic and Rihanna’s first big hit sang by Paltrow and Matt Morrison in the lead vocals is a hit.

19. Dog Days are over

Mercedes and Tina take the lead on my favourite Florence and the Machine song; another end of episode number it’s a positive ending, despite the fact that the end of this episode saw the break-up of Finn and Rachel.

20. Thriller/Heads will Roll

This fantastic mash-up completely works and the performance itself is brilliant with a Halloween-esque style and a pop/rock feel.

21. When I get you alone

The Valentine’s Day episode had a particular angle that had many fans rejoicing – Blaine and Kurt admitted that there could be something for them in the future. But before that, Blaine had a crush on an older department store worker and he enlisted the help of the Warblers to serenade him with this song – it’s only short, but it’s brilliant.

22. Sing

This cover of the My Chemical Romance song is punchy and made even more awesome with the fact that Sue joins in for a one-off performance with the kids.

23. Animal

Another Warbler tune and this one has joint lead vocals for Blaine and Kurt, and the performance is made comedic when in a bid to be sexy, Kurt only manages to look pained and uncomfortable. Blaine and the rest of the Warblers however look cute, especially in their Dalton uniforms.

24. Kiss

Gwyneth Paltrow’s back and she that initial chemistry between her and Matt Morrison’s Mr Schue is built upon in the episode, culminating in their duet of Kiss, with them performing a sizzling tango and a gorgeous tone to the song.

25. Candles

This beautiful duet at Sectionals comes after the first kiss of Blaine and Kurt; its soft nature and the passion behind it means that this song is a perfect fit for Chris Colfer and Darren Criss.

I’ll be posting part 2 of this countdown in a couple of days – comment below if you agree/disagree on what should be on this list